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Erica Buck

Erica Buck



Horace Mann



Joined Northwest in 2016

Kindergarten Teacher

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  • M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Education; Northwest Missouri State University, 2019 (in progress)
  • B.S. Ed. Elementary Education/Early Childhood; Northwest Missouri State University, 2003

Interests and Activities

I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, walks and runs with my husky, spending time with my three children and husband, watching my children's (many) activities, gardening, reading, movies, board games, bike rides, and exploring the world through travel. 

Other Professional Experience

  • Third Grade Teacher - St. Gregory's School, Maryville MO
  • Kindergarten Teacher - St. Gregory's School, Maryville MO
  • Preschool Teacher- St. Gregory's School, Maryville MO
  • Early Childhood Practicum Instructor in Classroom and Seminar
  • Reggio Emilia International Study Tour Participant – 2017
  • International, National and State Presenter- IALS , NAEYC and Mo CYY

Favorite Thing About Teaching

Although I find it inspiring and interesting to work with children of all ages, Early Childhood is my passion. To be involved in the children's wonderings and assisting in their developing of their theories of how the world works, as well as encouraging children to engage in play, discovery and working together brings me absolute joy. Watching the children develop as the school year unfolds while progressing through the appropriate stages of growth, as well as learning how to work with their friends to become an important part of their school family is my very favorite part. The highlight of working with children for me is watching each individual become the best version of themselves.

Goals for the Year

To work with our team of Early Childhood Educators to provide not only the best care for children, but also a home away from home for my children and families. I also intend to grow in my knowledge of Early Childhood through classroom experience, my courses of studies, as well as through professional development.

Year Arrived at the University

This is my third year here at the center, coming here as an alumni of Northwest Missouri State University. I look forward to beginning our journey as a school family in the Fall of 2018!